Glass cullet is highly abrasive and during processing a fine fraction (sands, dust) is produced which acts like sandpaper. IFE machines are supplied with optimized wear plates and the drives are protected against dust penetration. In the processing of waste glass from households, IFE is a leader in the removal of impurities such as labels, corks and caps.
SWARCO Road Marking Systems is one of the world's leading manufacturers of reflective glass beads. As the "birthplace" of the SWARCO Group, M. Swarovski GmbH specializes in the production and distribution of high-quality retroreflective glass beads for road marking materials. In addition, glass beads for special industrial applications are also manufactured.
Glass recycling companies use IFE machines to separate metallic components to market them as ferromagnetic fractions and non-ferrous mixes, and to improve the quality of glass fractions before optical sorters.